In good condition, a WW2 Japanese Army Officer’s Shin Gunto Katana, Ido Hidetoshi.
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The mei reads Tokushuko Motte Ido Hidetoshi saku, so made from Tokushi steel by Ido Hidetoshi. Post December 1941 Seki military acceptance stamp, so not Gendaito but a fearsome heavy blade with traces of a non-standard hamon.
The 25 3/8 inch nagasa (cutting edge section) blade is in good condition but has lost the very small end of the tip and has been buffed rather than polished in the Japanese blade sense. Gunto furniture all good, some wear to the grip but not too much. The leather combat saya / scabbard in good condition, a little worn and some stitching coming apart. The leather push button saya retaining strap on the tsuka (grip / hilt) has come away, a common occurrence. The sword sheathes and draws well.
A good honest mid WW2 army officer’s shin gunto for the very good price of was £? (too late, now sold). Please quote item reference Y19. Further / full sized images available upon request. Box 1406-117x14x14 (2.081).